Punishment necessary for watching suicide 

Alameda’s so-called public servants who watched a suicidal man drown on Memorial Day should all be brought up on charges. I can only imagine there would have been a rescue attempt if it was a whale offshore in 4 feet of water instead of a human. Since they failed in human decency to at least walk up to the man in chest-high water, isn’t there a good Samaritan law? Straight, gay, short, small, fat or tall — at least an attempt should have been made to serve and protect a human life!

Theodore Carl Soderberg, San Francisco

Letter vacant of logic

I have some questions about the mind-boggling letter you published Wednesday calling for a diversity panel to solve our differences.

Our differences are about race? Diversity is about agreement? There are experts to provide a solution? These experts are chosen by race because race endows and entitles?

Perhaps the letter writer could represent the European Americans. Perhaps he can give President Barack Obama a run for his money in 2012. No, that won’t do. A white guy is not endowed and entitled because he is too endowed and entitled. Groan.

Paul Burton, San Francisco

Cockeyed fiscal path

The resignation of President Barack Obama’s chairman of economic advisers, Austan Goolsbee, signals the near total desertion of Obama’s original economic policy team. Gone already were economic advisers Larry Summers, Christina Romer and Jared Bernstein, along with budget director Peter Orszag.

Obama pursued failed fiscal policies — Cash for Clunkers, a tax credit for first-time homebuyers and an $830 billion stimulus package. None had a lasting impact on the economy, with the stimulus being largely a hodgepodge of payments to state and local governments.

Needed is a coherent and favorable economic policy, including deficit reduction and entitlement reform. Obama inherited an economic recession and has made it worse.

Jim Hartman, Berkeley

We need more Kevorkians

The late Jack Kevorkian was known as Dr. Death. I say he will be missed for his courage and devotion to the idea that terminally ill people are entitled to choose the time and circumstances of their own death. It seems obvious to me that since everyone dies, Americans should have the right to choose being euthanized when our suffering is too great.

Not only did Kevorkian put his freedom on the line for this cause, he also created a set of ethical guidelines as to when and how end-of-life service should be provided. The world needs more like him.

Marc Perkel, Gilroy

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